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Our response to natural disasters and humanitarian crises goes beyond relieving immediate financial needs with donations. We also provide disaster relief volunteer activities and in-kind technical support. We are committed to supporting sustainable practices for rebuilding the world’s infrastructure to prevent damage instead of just mitigating it.
Storms, earthquakes, epidemics, and other disasters can be devastating. Funding from Autodesk Foundation and employee donations, disaster relief volunteer activities, and in-kind technical support from our company can help to drive recovery.
Autodesk employees created the Employee Relief Foundation in 2014 to support each other in times of critical need. Led by a board of employee volunteers, the group provides financial grants, and community support to Autodesk employees and their families recovering from disasters or facing unexpected medical expenses.
In response to COVID-19, Autodesk Foundation joined 24 Bay Area companies who committed $22 million in funding to local, national, and global solutions through the United Nations Foundation, the CDC Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. These organizations are actively engaged in a global health response and building local economic resilience of vulnerable populations, nonprofits, and small businesses impacted by the virus.
We have also increased our employee match by providing Autodesk employees with a 2:1 match for all COVID-19-related donations. To date, we’ve deployed $1 million to our communities — and we continue to explore additional ways we can help. To learn more about how Autodesk is responding, visit Autodesk News.
After California's devastating 2017 and 2018 wildfires, hundreds of Autodesk employees supported relief and rebuilding efforts with donations of time and money, including Employee Relief Foundation grants.
The 2017 hurricane season that battered the Caribbean and the U.S. Gulf Coast highlighted the need to respond to climate change by making communities more disaster-resilient. Autodesk responded with employee donations and corporate matching funds as well as an Autodesk Foundation donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In addition, employees traveled to Houston for relief efforts, while Autodesk customers provided solar power microgrids in Puerto Rico.
Immediately after the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, hundreds of Autodesk employees volunteered to help map vulnerable areas to inform retrofitting projects. Since then, volunteers have been working with Build Change to support Nepal's long-term reconstruction and, more recently, to build resilient communities in at-risk areas of Colombia and the Philippines. By helping Build Change automate its process for retrofitting homes, Autodesk volunteers have dramatically expanded the organization's reach and impact.